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    Hi teachers,


    Did /did not must be followed by an original word?

    Is that right?

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    dean

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    Question Re: did or did not

    Hello dean,

    Please provide some more information. What do you mean by an original word?

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    Hi SMS,

    1) She did not cry yesterday.

    2) I did not see anything.

    3) I did call her last night.

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    Question Re: did or did not

    Quote Originally Posted by dean
    Hi SMS,

    1) She did not cry yesterday. This is fine.

    2) I did not see anything. Excellent! Many people err here by putting "nothing" which makes a double negative that turns the meaning around to the opposite.

    3) I did call her last night. This is also fine.

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    All three of your sentences are correct. What is it that is confusing you?

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    Hi SMS,

    At first I am not sure which one is right, For examples;

    1) I did call/ called her last night. (did + original word or did + original word+ ed)

    2) She did not cry/ cried yesterday. ( did + original word or did + original word + ed)

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    Hello dean ..
    I think
    I did call her last night ... is correct
    She did not cry yesterday ... is correct

    because if it's not so we are oppose to the rule which say :
    Use the present infinitive without to , not the past tense after the auxiliary did .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean
    Hi SMS,

    At first I am not sure which one is right, For examples;

    1) I did call/ called her last night. (did + original word or did + original word+ ed)

    2) She did not cry/ cried yesterday. ( did + original word or did + original word + ed)

    Regards,

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    OK. I see what you mean. If you use "did", then you do not use a word + "ed". So, the correct formations are:

    1. a) I did call her last night.
    b) I called her last night.
    c) I did called her last night. Oh no!

    2. a) She did not cry yesterday.

    I'll get back to you with the formal grammar rules in a bit. In the meantime, I hope that I along with Herbiji have helped to clear up your confusion!

    Have a pleasant night!
    SMS

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    Thanks again SMS.

    dean

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    Additionally, only one verb can carry tense, and if there are two verbs, then the auxiliary carries tense:

    EX: DO + CALL => does call, did call

    "DO" changes to "does" and "did". The -s on "does" and the -d on "did" are the same as the -s on "calls" and the -d on "called".

    In short, there should be only one -s or -d per verb string.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks Casiopea,

    It's really help.

    dean

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